WILLIAM HURLSTONE (1876-1906): Piano Sonata in F Minor, BENJAMIN DALE (1885-1943): Piano Sonata in D Minor.
Catalogue Number: 10M014
Reference: CD 097
Description: World Premiere Recording of the sonata by the 18-year-old Hurlstone in which influences from Chopin, Schumann and Brahms are transmuted through an already original handling of tonality and harmonic progressions to produce a 32-minute late Romantic work of, at the time, great promise. Dale's massive sonata on an epic scale inspired hyperventilation among some reviewers at its 1906 premiere and it was seen as quite original although now we can see influences from Wagner, Tchaikovsky, Glazunov, Rachmaninov, Brahms and Dvorak in its two-movement form (itself astounding at the time: a first movement and a theme-and-variations lasting 35 minutes, incorporating slow movement, scherzo and finale). Some collectors will have the defunct Continuum label's 1992 release by Peter Jacobs. Mark Bebbington (piano).